Paging Dr. Kleist! Dr. Kleist! Just wondering if anyone has seen this. When capturing from my DV camcorder (over S-Video directly to MPEG-2 because DV AVI files suck and take up way, WAY too much space), I get severe stair-stepping only in those contiguous areas of the screen with high contrast, such as a spotlight on a person wearing a bright shirt standing against a black backdrop. Yet in the same frame contiguous areas of low contrast, like the face, or scenes with full background lighting come out just fine with no stair stepping except when it is a direct result of resolution. I'm not sure why the MPEG-2 software (which I'm assuming is the cuplrit) is so sensitive to these high-contrast areas, and to the discerning eye, like mine, this stair-stepping is distracting. Are there compression settings that can be changed during the capture and/or rendering to remove these issues, assuming that my video capture driver supports changing such parameters? I have already started looking into purchasing polzrized and UV lenses for my camcorder, so I'm comfortable that they will remove much of the spotlight "wash out" effect. But this is one of those things where the scientific computer geek in me is saying, "What's up wit dat?!" Dr. Kleist! Second page for Dr. Kleist!